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Barry Williamson – An Episode of The Grand Tour, or Losing Your Shopping
5th January 2020 at 7:30 pm£3 – £5
In 1779 the Westmorland set sail from Livorno for London, laden with the crates of works of art bought by English aristocrats and gentry on the Grand Tour. It never reached England. The ship was captured by French warships off the coast of southern Spain and escorted to the port of Malaga. The Spanish King declared the cargo a “spoil of war” and all the items were absorbed into Spanish collections. But there was a secret box on board. It contained the bones of St Clement. The Pope had given these to the 8th Lord Arundell of Wardour for his new chapel. It was assumed they were lost, but…………